LA RE­SERVE, ALBI

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If there is any­thing more re­lax­ing than an af­ter­noon doz­ing on a sunny river bank, lis­ten­ing to the gen­tle dip and splash of oars of pass­ing row­ing boats, we have yet to find it. This peace­ful coun­try hotel has beau­ti­ful lawns lead­ing down to the river Tarn, just a five-minute drive from the me­dieval, Unesco-rated town of Albi in south­west France. Com­pet­ing with the river for your at­ten­tion is a large out­door pool, a small spa, five acres of par­tially wooded gar­dens and 20 light, spa­cious bed­rooms, many over­look­ing the river. And be­ing a Re­lais & Châteaux hotel, you can ex­pect first-class sea­sonal food (think roasted scal­lops with a rose­mary and parme­san crust and goats cheese with morels) and ser­vice to match. re­lais­chateaux.com/lare­serve. Dou­bles from £210, room only. Easy­jet has re­turn flights from Lon­don to Toulouse-Blagnac from around £50. Hol­i­day Au­tos, hol­i­dayau­tos.co.uk, of­fers car hire from Toulouse air­port from £23 a day

LA RE­SERVE

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